Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Bloggers Backlash

... and they should.

Several Senate Republicans have ceded their rightful Constitutional power to vote. They gave away the opportunity for the Senate to approve of 7 of 10 of President Bush's judicial appointees.
Led astray by Senator John McCain's off-the-floor deal-making, they have deferred to the Democrats as if the Democrats were the majority.

There is a bright side to this fiasco: renewed accountability of public servants by the people.

The most harmful actions taken by elected officials often take place during odd years, when elections are not the newsmaking issues that they are in even years, when pending elections raise public scrutiny of politics. Voters need to archive significant odd-year behavior and pull these out of the file when official campaigns commence.

In "`Moderate”' Reps settle for three out of ten, the editors of The Unalienable Right advise, "remember their names, McCain, DeWine, Snowe, Warner, Graham, Collins, and Chafee - have made a deal that achieves an up-or-down vote for three out of President Bush’s ten filibustered nominees." Other blogs have echoed this important reminder to take these memories to the voting both.

Several have indicated that they would no longer fund the Republican Party or the RSC, including Hugh Hewitt.
Slublog takes this a step further to withhold donations from any Republican.

Remembering past usurpations, such as the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act (yet to be undone), Patterico resolves opposition to McCain's prospective candicacy.

Others have blogged their criticism, including, but by no means limited to, Michelle Malkin, John Hinderaker, Christopher Adamo , and Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

The staff give the most concise and correct analysis of the compromise of the Senate:

The Senators, ON BOTH SIDES, who fail to provide such a vote for pending nominees have sacrficed fairness (to Saad and Myers) for expedience and political advantage.

Pastor Chuck Baldwin adds further perspective with the point that many judicial nominees of Republican presidents, including those of George W. Bush, are not pro-life and/or are not really strict constructionists.

I pray that as we become more active in holding our legislators accountable, we will also through them hold the President and inferior courts accountable in the framework established by America's founders.


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